Empty Days

Monday, April 26, 2004



And the same thing is happening in Russia

I should also note that exactly the same distrust and even loathing of the liberal media has occured in post-Eltsin Russia - the ostensibly pro-western pro-democracy media have discredited themselves by supporting a gov that caused tremendous chaos and suffering to the population while labelling itself as thoroughly democratic (Eltsin and the rule of the mafia).

One explanation of Putin's popularity (which is genuine, while dissent is virulent yet minor by comparison) is his emphasis on law and order - even at the price of free speech and democracy. The country is too ravaged to care.

Compared to Eltsin, Putin is a semi-dictator. Restrictive, anti-free-speech laws are passed by this government almost daily. The latest project involves prohibiting all discussion and debate of homosexuality in the media - "because it's abnormal and undermines national character" or something like that - truly medieval stuff. Just recently a law was passed prohibiting large gatherings and demonstrations in public places. We won't be seeing any more of those communists marches with outdated flags and insignia. But it also means no demonstration against the gov could be legally assembled. These are the kind of laws that are passed these days and no one can stop this trend - all critiques of the gov in some media outlets (television is already off bounds) remain thoroughly ineffectual and there is no one in the Duma (parliament) to oppose any of it either.

Yes, Putin won a second term. Putin is a dictator and intends to establish himself as one. Let us hope George W. Bush does not win that second term - because he sure will do his own thing more thoroughly then, and no one would be able to do squat about it either.

Most notably, the media won't be able to.





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